The inaugural Four Nations beach volleyball challenge kicked off today in wet conditions on Sydney’s Manly Beach, showcasing some of the most exciting
young players of the future.
The tournament is an innovation of Volleyball Australia and conducted with the generous support of the FIVB, and features the best U21 players from Brazil, USA, Japan and Australia.
“We are very excited to stage the first Four Nations Cup, it is an event we want to build up as part of Volleyfest, ” Volleyball Australia CEO, Mathieu Meriaux, said.
“We are giving young teams like our own HelloWorld Volleyroos an opportunity to play on one of the best beaches in the world, against the best teams in the world.
"The players and the coaches love the event and the opportunity to play in this environment. As soon as that whistle blows the competition is fierce.
“All of these teams will also be competing at this year’s U21 World Championships, so this is a chance for them to test themselves against their future rivals.”
Day one of the challenge saw the USA team of Sarah Sponcil and Torrey van Winden emerge triumphant, winning both of their matches against Brazil and Australia.
Brazil’s Ana Silva Ramos and Victoria Lopes Pereira Tosta,and Australia’s Brittany Kendall and Shelby Maher both picked up wins against Japan’s Reika Murakami and Hana Deguchi.
The Four Nations event is part of the second edition of “Volleyfest”, ten days of beach volleyball action which kicked off with the Australian tour finals last weekend and will culminate with the Asian Beach Volleyball Championships over Easter.
The event has been made possible through the strong support of sponsors HelloWorld Travel, Hancock Prospecting, Bendon Lingerie, Mighty Mite and the NSW Government and Destination NSW.